Weight Loss Products Provide Ample Targets In FDA War On Spiked Supplements
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
FDA finds four weight loss products that contain potentially dangerous undeclared ingredients, including DMAA and sibutramine. The agency also continues to warn about bee pollen with undeclared ingredients.
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